Residential Life Rules 

    • During the Academy, students must remain on the Truman campus unless accompanied by a preceptor, a staff member, a parent, or guardian.
    • Students must remain on their floors after curfew and lights must be out each night at the designated time. Students may not leave the residence hall before 7:00 a.m. and must be in the building at 9:30 p.m. unless otherwise planned.
    • The following are prohibited: alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs; cigarettes, tobacco products, matches, candles, and incense; coffee pots and other cooking appliances; tampering with fire equipment; and damage to University property. Students who possess or use alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or any tobacco products will be immediately dismissed from the Academy.
    • Students are expected to behave in a mature manner. They will be expected to show respect to the faculty, staff, fellow students, and themselves. Students who use disrespectful or obscene language will face disciplinary action.
    • Rules are discussed at length with the students on the first day of the Academy.

Academic Discipline  

Students are expected to work to the best of their abilities. The students who excel at the Academy are those who take responsibility for their own education and have a genuine desire to learn about the topics we discuss. An exceptional level of maturity and emotional stability is essential to succeed in this fast-paced environment.

Students who demonstrate a lack of effort in the classroom or who engage in disruptive behavior will work with their instructor(s) to resolve the situation. If inappropriate academic behavior persists, a conference may be held involving the student, the Director, and the Dean of the Academy. The Academy reserves the right to dismiss a student without refund for lack of effort or disruptive behavior in class.  Parents will be responsible for any and all costs associated with early return home due to dismissal, including (if applicable) airfare, ground transportation to the airport, and staff expenses.

Attendance Policy

In order for students to receive the full academic benefits of the Academy, they must remain on the campus for the entire one-week session.  We believe strongly that completion of the whole program is a primary objective of attendance.  While activities such as athletics, recitals, and scholastic competitions are worthwhile on their own, they divert students’ attention from a student’s ZSA classroom experience when they are in conflict.  Because the academic experience is intensive, students are normally not able to “catch up” if they miss any class time.  Because many class assignments employ group work, project partners, and so forth, a student’s absence may also significantly impact the work of others.  Students will not be permitted to leave the Truman State campus for activities not associated with the Academy.  The only exceptions will be for medical or family emergencies as determined by the Dean.  Students who leave the Academy for any other reason will not be allowed to return and they will not receive recognition for attending the Zombie Scholars Academy.  For a variety of reasons, including fairness in the application of this policy, appeals of this policy not grounded in medical or family emergencies will not be considered.

Expectations for Student Conduct 

We expect our students to meet the highest standards of behavior, both in personal deportment and in dedication to academic pursuits. Students will:

      • Strive to do the best work possible in their courses;
      • Respect individuals of different races, cultures, religions, genders, disabilities, sexual orientations, and national origins;
      • Behave in a friendly, cooperative, and responsible manner toward all persons in the ZSA community and in the larger college and local communities;
      • Attend all class sessions, meals, activities, and meetings, observing all rules for student conduct.

We cannot accommodate students who are unable to live up to these expectations.

Once students arrive on campus they will learn about our standards for behavior, including our residential life and academic rules, at orientation. They include a commitment to academic integrity, respect for all members of the community, regard for the basic rules of physical safety, and cooperation with adult supervision.

Students may be dismissed from the program for any of the following reasons:

      • Possessing or using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs (students possessing any of these items will be immediately dismissed from the Academy);
      • Not attending to their academic work in a satisfactory manner;
      • Cheating, plagiarizing, or committing other acts of academic dishonesty;
      • Being in restricted areas of campus, or leaving campus, unaccompanied by a staff member, preceptor or parent/guardian;
      • Being in an opposite-sex wing of the residence hall;
      • Leaving their halls after lights out;
      • Stealing or vandalizing property;
      • Keeping prescription or restricted over-the-counter medication in their possession (see Health and Wellness for limited exceptions);
      • Bullying or hazing;
      • Undermining the safety or well-being of oneself or others (includes threats).

Students will be given a warning of possible dismissal for the following reasons:

      • Students who use disrespectful or obscene language;
      • Students who demonstrate a lack of effort in the classroom or who engage in disruptive behavior;
      • Inappropriate behavior or violations of rules.

The Director will refer students involved in repeated or serious incidents to the Dean, who serves as the head disciplinarian. The Dean has the authority to dismiss students based on inappropriate behavior inside or outside of the classroom. Students expelled from the Academy will not receive a refund.